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Author Topic: Can I start an argument! - Fiat 130 coupe vs Lancia Gamma Coupe  (Read 12238 times)
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Lindsay
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« on: 16 October, 2011, 06:12:14 PM »

On the wild assumption I manage to sell my SL500, I want to replace it with a Fiat 130 Coupe.  Have had a Gamma Coupe in the past but I think the 130 is a better looker, with a nicer engine and interior.

Anyone care to disagree!!   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: 16 October, 2011, 06:28:18 PM »

Swings and roundabouts. Both are a lot of trouble and are rubbish to drive. Now that is an argument.
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« Reply #2 on: 16 October, 2011, 06:57:22 PM »

Linsay,
both are old cars and will need support and highish maintainence

Peter, I used to think you had reasoned, although sometimes incorrect, opinions
however statements like that are just intended to offend.

should add see more at www.retrospeed.
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« Reply #3 on: 16 October, 2011, 07:23:41 PM »

I'm trying to remember why I like Gammas? Oh yes. They have style, character, comfort and lift hearts and conversation where ever they may be parked. And as I understand it later ones are even reliable.   Damn it, after owning four, I feel another Gamma moment coming on.
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thecolonel
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« Reply #4 on: 16 October, 2011, 07:33:17 PM »

Will you please make up your mind.  Shocked
It's not as though they are made out of
Marmite.
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Lindsay
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« Reply #5 on: 16 October, 2011, 09:49:00 PM »

After the SL, they can only be as unreliable and less costly to keep going. 5500 for an ABS module anyone? Or 1800 for a asr accumulator.......
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« Reply #6 on: 17 October, 2011, 07:47:14 AM »


Maybe sell the Merc a part at a time...

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« Reply #7 on: 17 October, 2011, 08:44:43 AM »

the thought has occurred - more than once!
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« Reply #8 on: 17 October, 2011, 09:00:12 AM »


Both are super cars, I always thought the 130 Coupe should have been marketed as a Lancia to take over from the Flaminia Coupe and then the Gamma would naturally follow.

Looks is a matter of taste and both are beautiful, the 130 probably nicer internally with the velvet upholstery and sportier steering wheel, but the Fiat appears a larger car but despite its bigger engine it is slower and does not handle as well nor is quite as economical as the Lancia, not that fuel consumption really comes into it.

It's a tough call, which ever you choose should be a better bet and cheaper to run option than the Merc.
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« Reply #9 on: 17 October, 2011, 02:58:05 PM »


As to which car we know what you really want is a Flamina...and perhaps Richard didn't get the last good prospect?

...the other thought is perhaps widen the debate to include that lovely Flavia 2000HF for sale at the moment?  It would be my pick over the Gamma or 130.  While I love the idea of an earlier Flavia I'd enjoy the extra performance and modernity, and I'm not sure it would give all that much away to what's available new.

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« Reply #10 on: 17 October, 2011, 11:00:16 PM »

I had a 130 coupe a couple of years ago, the first thing is will it fit your garage ? It's a very large car. I never owned a gamma but I have driven a couple over the years. I think the gamma is a little better to drive as it feels more compact. the 130 felt very large and barge like. My 130 was agood car with only 30,000miles on the clock and in immaculate condition. I did'nt think it was nice to drive, maybe the problem was it was automatic and felt like an American luxo barge. You cant deny it's beautyful Pinninfarina good looks and super interior.  Cool If only I had the space I would have kept it. but I fancied a Integrale instead. I never missed the 130. I woulden't say it was rubbish to drive but if you like sharp handling, fast exceleration and comfort buy a Thema turbo. Grin              Thanks, David.
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« Reply #11 on: 17 October, 2011, 11:23:39 PM »

Auto-Italia magazine had an article written by Martin Buckley comparing the Gamma Coupe to the 130 Coupe. It was late 2009 or early 2010 but I can't find my copy  Undecided  So here's just a photo that might help make up your mind in the looks department  Wink


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« Reply #12 on: 18 October, 2011, 10:34:15 AM »

To my eye the 2000HF and Gamma Coupe are both timeless - they still look great and "could take anywhere".  The Fiat would be ok for a fancy dress party with the Elvis wig and shades.

The earlier 1800 Flavias stick out as a "classic car", which is sometimes good, sometimes not.  Another Fiat to throw in the pot is the 2300 Ghia Coupe.  I've always liked the idea of those, but am not even sure I've ever seen one let alone spoke to someone with direct experiance.  Maybe you'd find and like one of those as a Flaminia substitute.  Now what have we here Smiley

http://www.subito.it/auto/fiat-coupe-2300-s-coupe-torino-30642510.htm

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« Reply #13 on: 18 October, 2011, 10:47:28 AM »


Project:

http://www.subito.it/auto/fiat-2300-s-coupe-salerno-8988406.htm

Oh I do like a passenger foot bar...

http://www.subito.it/auto/fiat-2300-s-coupe-grosseto-29661087.htm

Maybe you'd like the colour, maybe let her choose what colour to respray.

http://www.subito.it/auto/fiat-2300-s-coupe-roma-29366961.htm

...or "see sense" (!!!) and one of the Flavias...perhaps a new thread for early vs late as they're quite different things:

http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/classic-car-page.php/carno/148409

http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/classic-car-page.php/carno/137990
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« Reply #14 on: 18 October, 2011, 10:48:53 AM »


But if its between the 130 and Gamma, then EARLY GAMMA !!

David
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